5 Things, September 18: Who Will be Stoughton's Next Town Manager?

Five Things You Need to Know Today: Who Will be Stoughton's Next Town Manager?; Remembering Shayla Lutz; Bingo at the Senior Center; and more...

"Five Things you Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance.

1. Who Will be Stoughton's Next Town Manager?

After interviewing the three finalists for the position last Thursday (September 13), the Stoughton Board of Selectmen meet Tuesday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Yaitanes Room on the third floor of the Town Hall to decide who will be Stoughton's next permanent Town Manager.

Paul Shew of Franklin; Kenneth Fields of Boca Raton, FL; and Michael Hartman of Canton are the finalists the Town Manager Search Committee presented to the Board following a lengthy search process.

Most recently, Shew was a City Manager in Rye, NY (2003-2009) and has experience as a manager/administrator in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Fields started his career in municipal government in Pittsburgh, PA and most recently had been an administrator/village manager in a pair of Florida towns (from 2008-2012). Hartman is the current Town Manager in Jaffrey, NH (2007-present) and prior to that worked in municipal government in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Read more about each candidate and their respective interviews with the Board of Selectmen here:

  • Stoughton Selectmen Vet Town Manager Candidates; Interim Manager Feaster Not Among Finalists
  • ABOUT TOWN: Is There an "Ace" Among Stoughton's Town Manager Finalists?

2. Remembering Shayla Lutz

Visiting hours for Shayla Lutz, the three-year-old Stoughton girl who died on September 14 after she was involved in a fatal pedestrian accident, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"shayla-lutz-3-of-stoughton-identified-as-toddler-killed-in-pedestrian-accident-near-hansen-school"} --> in front of the Hansen School, will be held at the

RyeDad September 18, 2012 at 01:28 PM
SHEW IS BEING LESS THAN TRUTHFUL. While Shew was in Rye, NY, the same Mayor that hired him, fired him and it was for lots of reasons too. Shew's firing was not political nor based on an election. He was warned by the sitting City Council in the summer of 2008 that he wasn't doing his job to their satisfaction. Shew was then fired on Saint Paddys day in 2009 and here is why Shew was fired: Failure to communicate with and keep the City Council apprised of assignments/projects for which he was responsible to the satisfaction of the Council; Failure to carry out projects and initiatives identified by the City Council to its satisfaction; Failure to be responsive to the satisfaction of the City Council to its requests for information and/or actions required of him by the City Council; Undertook actions contrary to the instructions of the City Council on assignments and/or projects for which he was responsible; An Executive Session meeting was held with the City Manager in August of 2008 where the City Council shared their concerns regarding performance on these types of issues and that improvement to their level of satisfaction was necessary; In February 2009 the City Council met and has concluded that sufficient improvement in these areas has not been achieved.


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